If I won the Lottery just what would I buy?

I love shopping! There, I’ve said it. I love the feel of getting something new, of finding a bargain, of treating myself, or a loved one, to something that has been admired, but may have been too expensive, and has maybe had to be saved for. But monthly bills and expenses, and also the ever growing expense of having a child who seems to grow out of things at an alarming rate means that my shopping habits have to be frugal and careful. How I wish that money was no object!

I’ve become one of the best bargain hunters around. I love to shop vintage, adore charity shops, and enjoy the sales so much. I love eBAY, and preloved sites where you can sometimes pick up coveted designer items for a fraction of the original price (my most recent purchase was a Furla bag that is just the softest, most gorgeous item.) And I love TK Maxx, where you can find both High Street and designer items at real bargain prices. But all this bargain hunting doesn’t mean I don’t dream of what I would do if one day I won the lottery. A lottery win is the stuff of dreams, but somebody has to win it and for the cost of the ticket it has to be worth a try. Many lotteries offer far more in prize money than the UK National Lottery. What damage I could do in Selfridges with that sort of money. I often daydream, after winning the lottery, what would I buy?

 

As money is now no object, I would also add a little piece of Victoria Beckham to my dress collection. Victoria’s close are known for being understated and elegant, but this abstract print metallic midi dress is probably as disco as Victoria is ever going to get, and I absolutely love the style and the print, although I’m guessing I would have to let if out a bit…I’m not exactly a VB sample size.

A holiday would be nice too. The place at the top of my wish list is New York. I would love to see a show on Broadway, and, as a massive Sex in the City fan, I would have to follow in Carrie’s footsteps by checking out all the sights from the hit TV show. Where to stay? It would have to be the The St. Regis, a bargain at around £500 per night. Show me the way to the penthouse suite please.

Shoes and Bags

Just like Carrie Bradshaw, I have a real passion for shoes and bags. Winning a fortune would leave me with a shoe collection that would rival Carries, and of course I would have to add some Manolo’s and Jimmy Choo’s to that collection.

New shoes need a new bag, and this season’s lust have BOTTEGA VENETA pouch leather clutch is just so gorgeous it would have to come home with me. The price? Well, put it this way, there’s no change from £1000. Definitely one for the lust list.

What else? A supermarket sweep around Tiffany’s would be nice, as would being let loose in the Foyles book shop on Tottenham Court Road. I also wouldn’t mind buying my favourite football club West Bromwich Albion if money really was no object.

We can all dream, can’t we.

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My Favourite Movie Date Scenes

Whether you are dating in Maidstone or enjoying Clywd dating, one of the most popular date nights is a night at the cinema. There is something about sitting in the dark, enjoying the lights of the silver screen that is the perfect environment for romance. If you choose a scary movie, the time is right to cuddle up close. If you choose a romantic film, you can enjoy the special moments together, and a funny film can mean that you laugh together – and some say the couple that laugh together, stay together.

If you are dating in Buckingham, you could try a movie night at The Film Place, which is based at the University of Buckingham’s Chandos Road Building, a really lovely locally supported cinema which shows a range of films, from mainstream to more obscure Foreign films and independents. A really beautiful old cinema is the Woolton Picture House, perfect for dating in Merseyside as it has Pulman style seating and has recently been refurbished (it was originally built in 1927 – the height of the Art Deco era). And if you are looking for a luxurious cinema, the Everyman chain, which includes the Everyman cinema in Winchester, is perfect, with large plush velvet sofas and a bar and food area. This is a wonderful cinema for the dating Hampshire scene. Of course, you could just enjoy a movie dating night in the comfort of your own home too.

So what to watch? Here are some of my favourite movie dating scenes.

La La Land The Griffith Observatory

Just one of the most romantic movies, La La Land is a bittersweet love story, and the famous Planetarium scene where Mia and Sebastian dance to ‘A Lovely Night’ is just gorgeous. With Emma Stone in that iconic yellow dress and Ryan Gosling at his most jaw droppingly handsome, this is one of the most romantic, beautiful movie scenes around…and just check out that blue sky.

Sex and the City The Movie – The shoes scene

Carrie Bradshaw is all about the shoes. And the scene where she returns to the home she had shared with Mr Big to collect those amazing blue Manolos, only to find Big is there too, always brings a tear to my eyes. For Carrie it was always Big, although Aiden was pretty amazing, and this scene brings them back together, and sees them finally wed.

Dirty Dancing – Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner

My teen dream movie, I so loved this when it came out in 1987, and that final scene, where Patrick Swayze utters that immortal line to Baby (Jennifer Grey), is still one of the most romantic gestures you will find in any movie. Look out for showings at local cinemas as Dirty Dancing is one of those movies that gets frequently re-released.

Jamie and Aurelia in Love Actually

Lots of people talk about the scene with Andrew Lincoln and Kiera Knightley in Love Actually, but I think that scene is actually a bit stalkerish. Far more lovely and romantic is the love affair between Colin Firth’s Jamie and Aurelia, where the language barrier proves to be no barrier to love. When he goes through the town to get the girl, the joy is positively life affirming.

The Empire State Building – Sleepless in Seatle

Meg Ryan at her most appealing, Tom Hanks at his most vulnerable. The Empire State Building, the start of a beautiful romance…need I say more?

Do you have a favourite romantic movie scene?

What to Wear: Casinos

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When the safe, yet repetitive tedium of work and home becomes all too much, the urge to throw on your glad rags, order a taxi and head to the bright lights of town is enormous. Although we all know what’s great to wear for a tip out on the tiles, an increasingly popular late night pastime is somewhat more mysterious when it comes to deciding what to wear: the casino. We’ve all been told scare stories of how degenerative gambling can be- and these stories are indeed true- but enjoying one night of silliness and excitement is perfectly all right every once in a while! Nowadays the popularity of playing these types of games is so huge, many websites offer live deal entertainment where players can play others across the net, and if you use a Harrah’s casino promotion code you could get a free deposit and an 100% bonus. You might not feel the need to dress up for this kind of fun, but nevertheless, what exactly do you wear at the traditionally glitzy hotspots?

Firstly, one must take into account the fact that certain casinos are more glamorous and upmarket than others; in Vegas, as long as you are clean and vaguely tidy, you’ll be let in, contrasted with Monte Carlo’s casinos, where suits and gowns are a must-wear!

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In London especially, the need to wear formal wear is an absolute must. For ladies this means long, flowing or glittering gowns that fall well below the knee. Necklines shouldn’t be ridiculously plunging, so jewel, illusion, keyhole or bateau cuts will all be fine. Colour-wise, the selection is very much up to you, however this season bright pastel colours, subdued light blues and radiant purples and violets are very much in fashion.

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In a casino, as a general rule of thumb, the more glamorous and flashy one’s style is, the more attention and better service you will receive! Also, really good fashion choices might give you an edge on your opponents at the table, psyching them out and improving your chances of winning!
Now some of us simply aren’t so stated in our sartorial endeavors, but there’s no need to fret! Three quarter length slim fit trousers, coupled with a structured blouse and jacket will look just as good as a flowing gown, and should probably be one’s first choice if you’re visiting with colleagues.

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For the gentlemen, suits are a must, although this doesn’t mean a full, restrictive suit needs to be worn. A stylish jacket, worn with woolen trousers or crisply cut chinos alongside leather shoes and a fashionable shirt could be just what is needed, although in the very upmarket establishments a full suit-tie combo or tuxedo should really be worn. As with anywhere, different casinos operate different dress codes, and many will be completely fine if you choose a smart casual approach.

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